Archive for January 2010

January 29th, 2010, 6:00 am

A New, Sophisticated Take on Personal Finance for Women

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) “Reading a book about personal finance sounds like the worst thing I’ve ever heard of,” joked Alexa von Tobel, CEO and Founder of, a website designed to “provide trusted personal finance education in a simple, easy-to-understand manner and help women everywhere take control of their finances.” Personal […]

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January 28th, 2010, 1:00 pm

Women Fleeing Tech Field: Causes and Solutions

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Over the last two decades, the computer science industry has seen almost a mass exodus of women – while other science fields have seen the number of jobs held by women rise significantly. According to a new report by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), […]

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January 28th, 2010, 6:00 am

SEC Actions Concern Market Participants at STAC Conference

By Jessica Titlebaum (Chicago) “Blame, Blame, Blame, Ban, Ban, Ban, Tax, Tax, Tax,” were the first words in Congresswomen Judy Biggert’s keynote address at the Security Traders Association of Chicago’s (STAC) 85th Annual Mid-Winter Meeting last week, to describe actions coming out of Washington. Her regulatory concerns were familiar ones. Congresswomen Biggert spoke critically of […]

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January 27th, 2010, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Career Coach: How Does a Company Select From a Big Pile of Resumes?

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart™ I was recently on a recruiting project, helping out a non-profit with dozens of open jobs. You would not know there is 10% unemployment at this place because they can’t hire fast enough to keep up with their needs. I see this feast or famine phenomenon often as a […]

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January 26th, 2010, 1:00 pm

Should Women Act Like ‘Self Aggrandizing Jerks’?

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) In a recent blog post, Clay Shirky, a world-famous new media scholar and consultant, wrote, “not enough women have what it takes to behave like arrogant self-aggrandizing jerks.” This is bad for women, he reasons, because, “people who don’t raise their hands don’t get called on, and people […]

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January 26th, 2010, 6:00 am

Helping Professional Women Band Together and Build Strengths

By Jessica Titlebaum (Chicago) There has been a noticeable change in the way women help other women in the workforce. “In the past 10 years, I have seen a huge push among senior level women who are passionate about mentoring,” said Jo Miller, Founder of Women’s Leadership Coaching “to help emerging women leaders gain access […]

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January 25th, 2010, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Barbara-Ann King, Head of Investments, Barclays Stockbrokers

By Elizabeth Harrin (London) Barbara-Ann King is not your stereotypical stockbroker. In May this year she will be jumping out of a plane to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. “I am a great believer in giving things a try, because if it does not work out you can try something else,” she says, “and […]

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January 22nd, 2010, 6:00 am

On Your Bookshelf: The Mentor’s Guide

By Andrea Newell (Grand Rapids, MI) Does your company have a mentoring program? Were you considering signing up to mentor a colleague? You have great timing – January is National Mentoring Month. We previously reported on the benefits of having a mentor at any stage in your career, but how do you actually go about […]

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January 21st, 2010, 1:00 pm

Importance of the Long Term View: Sallie Krawcheck at the FWA’s Distinguished Speakers Series

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Last night, the Financial Women’s Association hosted a discussion with Sallie Krawcheck, President of Global Wealth & Investment Management for Bank of America, as part of the organization’s Distinguished Speakers Series. The candid (and often humorous) discussion touched upon career development, the state of the financial services industry, […]

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January 21st, 2010, 6:00 am

Why Accountability is What Matters: Achieving Critical Mass with Targets or Quotas

By Nicki Gilmour, Founder and CEO of In March 2010, the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration. It was at this meeting in China that a group of 50,000 people representing 189 governments actively agreed a goal to increase women in […]

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